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“Salt of the Earth: A Tribute to Paul Jarrico”
In 1953, producer Paul Jarrico, director Herbert J. Biberman, scripter Michael Wilson, composer Sol Kaplan, and actor Will Geer all collaborated on Salt of the Earth, a film about a strike by Mexican-American workers against the racist proprietors of New Mexico’s Empire Zinc Mine. It was not a popular subject, and those five men weren’t too popular either: They had all been blacklisted by Hollywood. With financing from the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers, the crew triumphed over FBI harassment to make a movie that Time Out marvels “still looks incredibly modern.” This program begins with a screening of the film, followed by a discussion with American University film studies professor Patricia Aufderheide, the National Organizers Alliance’s Kim Fellner, and a representative from the Mexican Cultural Institute. Also a tribute to Jarrico, who died in October, the evening is in conjunction with the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery’s ongoing “Banned, Censored, and Suppressed,” exhibit about the Hollywood blacklist. At 7:30 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 16th & Q Sts. NW. $8.50. (202) 518-9400. (Mark Jenkins)